Research

What do we study?

Our work focuses on understanding how the processes and behaviors of interest to clinical psychological scientists operate in everyday life. Our current studies use advanced technology to explore the everyday lives of people at risk for suicide.

What methods do we use?

Previous work on suicidal ideation and its risk factors with long periods of time (e.g., years, months) between measurements, precluding any understanding of how suicide risk operates in everyday life. We use new technologies like smartphones and wearable biosensors to measure suicidal thoughts as they unfold in real-time, and assess the contextual factors associated with suicide risk and resilience as they actually occur.

What projects are we doing now?

Our current work involves using technologies like smartphones and wearable biosensors in a variety of applications. One current study uses wearable biosensors to detect distress associated with suicide risk among adolescent inpatients. Another study involves using smartphones to deliver suicide risk reduction interventions to suicidal adult inpatients.